Hot times at Fiesta de Septiembre

Tiffany Willis (from left to right), Brisa Jimenez, Coy Bowser and Paden Lisk work the Salsa Contest stand during Fiesta de Septiembre on Saturday, Sept. 7.

Hundreds of folks took in the sights and smells, and learned some history, during the 31st annual Fiesta de Septiembre in historic downtown on Saturday, Sept. 7.

Those who attended were delighted by the Mariachi Azteca del Oro Trio band, Ballet Folklorico de Santa Maria dance troupe, and music by Barrio Latino on the main stage throughout the day.

Local establishments and organizations battled it out in wreath, guacamole, salsa, and margarita contests.

Desert Caballeros Western Museum took first place in the Wreath competition, followed by My Home Group Sonoran Desert, Pottery B, and APS.

Wickenburg High School culinary students earned top billing in the Guacamole – Exotic category, with Wickenburg Ranch Golf and Social Club in second.

In the Traditional category, My Home Group Sonoran Desert came in first, followed by El Ranchero.

The coveted Guacamole “People’s Choice Award” went to My Home Group Sonoran Desert, with El Ranchero following.

The Salsa competition comprised of four categories: Most Unique; Hottest; Best Overall; and People’s Choice.

WHS culinary students were voted Most Unique, with Wickenburg Community Hospital coming in second place, and Wickenburg High School freshmen tallying enough votes for third.

El Ranchero was named the Hottest winner, and WHS freshmen finished second.

WHS freshmen got a win in Best Overall, as El Ranchero was second and My Home Group Sonoran Desert was third.

It was WHS freshmen winning again, this time for the Salsa People’s Choice Award. El Ranchero was second.

The three categories for the Margarita completion were Traditional, Exotic, and People’s Choice.

Wickenburg Ranch Golf and Social Club took the Traditional honors, beating out El Ranchero. Rancho Bar 7 won for Exotic, with My Home Group Sonoran Desert placing second, and Wickenburg Ranch Golf and Social Club was voted as the People’s Choice. El Ranchero and Rancho Bar 7 followed in the voting.

Everyone at the fiesta had an opportunity to learn about the Hispanic pioneering families of the area with the Desert Caballeros Western Museum’s display of the chamber’s Hispanic Heritage Project photos in the banquet room.

Fiesta de Septiembre is sponsored by Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce, and is co-sponsored by APS, Crescent Crown Distributing, Hensley Beverage Company, Desert Caballeros Western Museum, Town of Wickenburg, Desperado Properties, 3 Amigos Tequila, NRS, Home Instead Senior Care, Compadres of Fiesta de Septiembre, and the Wickenburg Sun.

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